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A frankly adult comedy about the sex lives of the aimless and the rich, Shampoo is also a pointed commentary on the demise of 1960s idealism at the dawn of the Nixon era. It is Election Day, 1968, and randy Beverly Hills hairdresser George Roundy (Warren Beatty) is too worried about attending to all of his women's tonsorial and sexual needs, while trying to swing a bank loan to fund his own salon, to notice the fateful Presidential race. As George juggles the demands of girlfriend Jill (Goldie Hawn) and mistress Felicia (Lee Grant), not to mention Felicia's daughter (Carrie Fisher), he meets Felicia's husband Lester (Jack Warden) to get money for the salon and discovers that his beloved ex-girlfriend Jackie (Julie Christie) is now Lester's mistress. Lester asks George to escort Jackie to a banquet for Nixon supporters, leading to a series of climactic confrontations at the dinner and a Hollywood orgy that expose the conflicting demands of sex, love, and security among these terminally narcissistic L.A. denizens. As Nixon's victory speech drones in the background the following day and Paul Simon's mournful '60s music plays on the soundtrack, George's free-wheeling world collapses around him for reasons that he can barely begin to comprehend. Produced and co-written (with Paul Simon scribe Robert Towne) by its star Warren Beatty, Shampoo became Beatty's second critical and popular success as a producer after Beatty, and it bolstered Hal Ashby's track record as director. Shampoo earned Grant an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, as well as a Supporting Actor nomination for Warden and Beatty's first nomination as writer. With Nixon's 1974 Watergate disgrace adding an extra edge to the humor for 1975 audiences, this tragic bedroom farce became one of the highest-grossing films in Columbia Pictures' history at the time. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

  • Release date:February 11, 1975

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Julie Christie Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1975 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Lee Grant Best Supporting Actress 1975 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Lee Grant Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1975 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Warren Beatty Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1975 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Warren Beatty Best Original Screenplay 1975 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Goldie Hawn Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1975 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jack Warden Best Supporting Actor 1975 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Richard Sylbert Best Art Direction 1975 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Towne Best Original Screenplay 1975 Nominee

Cast

Warren Beatty
as George
Julie Christie
as Jackie
Goldie Hawn
as Jill
Lee Grant
as Felicia
Jack Warden
as Lester
Tony Bill
as Johnny Pope
Carrie Fisher
as Lorna
Jay Robinson
as Norman
George Furth
as Bank Officer
William Castle
as Sid Roth
Susan Blakely
Michelle Phillips
as Girl at Party
Ann Weldon
as Mary
Luana Anders
as Devra
Mike Olton
as Ricci
Hal Buckley
as Kenneth
Jack Bernardi
as Izzy
Brad Dexter
as Senator East
Doris Packer
as Rosalind
Howard Hesseman
as Red Dog
Cherie Latimer
as Girl in Car
George Justin
as Producer
Joan Marshall
as Mrs. Schumann
Dina Ousley
as Hairdresser
Constance Smith
as Twin
Andrew Stevens
as Boy #2
Wally Crowder
as Malone's Delivery Boy
Cynthia Wood
as Beauty Shop Customer
Susan McIver
as Customer
Howard Culver
as Newscaster
Jack Bernardi
as Izzy
Michelle Phillips
as Girl at Party
Howard Culver
as Newscaster
Andrew Stevens
as Boy #2
Ann Weldon
as Mary
George Justin
as Producer
Cherie Latimer
as Girl in Car
Hal Buckley
as Kenneth
Susan McIver
as Customer
Doris Packer
as Rosalind
Luana Anders
as Devra
Cynthia Wood
as Beauty Shop Customer
Constance Smith
as Twin
Howard Hesseman
as Red Dog
Wally Crowder
as Malone's Delivery Boy
Dina Ousley
as Hairdresser
Mike Olton
as Ricci
Joan Marshall
as Mrs. Schumann
Brad Dexter
as Senator East

Crew

Hal Ashby
Director
Warren Beatty
Producer
Warren Beatty
Screenwriter
Robert Towne
Screenwriter
Laszlo Kovacs
Cinematographer
Paul Simon
Composer (Music Score)
John Barry
Composer (Music Score)
Richard Sylbert
Production Designer
Charles H. Maguire
Associate Producer
Robert Resh
Set Designer
Anthea Sylbert
Costume Designer
Art Levinson
First Assistant Director
Jane Feinberg
Casting
Mike Fenton
Casting
Charles H. Maguire
Production Manager
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